Simply put, cloud computing is the process of accessing or storing programs and data on the internet, rather than on a local network. In the past, you would have only been able to run apps or software downloaded onto a physical computer, but with cloud computing in place you now have the freedom to access these exact same apps from anywhere and using a range of different devices.
You’d be surprised by how large a role Cloud already plays in your everyday life. The majority of services provided by organisations such as national banks, public transport and the government ticket services are all delivered using cloud technologies.
It was recently estimated that a massive 90% of UK businesses are currently using at least one cloud service. So why are so many SMBs
like yours moving to the cloud?
Adopting a cloud computing solution can deliver huge benefits to your business.
DATA RECOVERY - A robust disaster recovery solution is a must for businesses, no matter the sector or size. For some smaller businesses with tighter budgets and less staff to share expertise, disaster recovery has previously just been a pipe dream.
However, with the growing help of the cloud, small businesses are now twice as likely as larger corporations to have implemented a cloud-based recovery solution, which not only includes third party expert advice, but also saves time and large upfront investments whilst still providing protection for the business operation.
SECURITY – Lost devices such as phones and laptops can be an expensive problem for businesses. However, the heavy price tag that comes with replacing devices is usually offset by the realisation that what is stored on those devices is often the company’s most valuable data. Replacing this data can more often than not be priceless.
Fortunately cloud computing gives you another layer of security should the worst happen because your data is stored within the cloud and can be securely accessed no what happens to your device. You can even remotely delete data from lost laptops, leaving you with one less device, but also with the peace of mind that your company’s prized data hasn’t fallen into the wrong hands.
GREEN IT – Even though there are so many business benefits that come with implementing the cloud, you will be happy to know it isn’t a completely selfish act. The cloud is very environmentally friendly, because you only use the energy you need and data centres have tightly controlled planning around their cooling systems.
With the cloud’s unique capability of being able to easily scale up or down with your business needs, you won’t need to worry about leaving a huge carbon footprint. So whilst you’re benefiting from greater flexibility and lower costs, the environment is getting a helping hand too!
FLEXIBILITY - The idea of working away from the office is a great idea but is it really feasible with just a local network? By implementing a cloud computing solution, if you have an internet connection you can carry on working like normal, regardless of your location. And with a cloud service like HTL’s, you aren’t restricted to which device you use either.
These are just a few benefits which could be enough to persuade businesses that the cloud is the right direction for them. But with this list being just a few of the cloud advantages, it’s hard to understand why any business wouldn’t want to adopt an element of the cloud.
Hosting Techniques are experts in the cloud sector and can help you with many business problems you might currently be facing. Are you currently looking at ways to make your business more flexible? Are you in need of a solution that grows with you? Are you concerned that your prized data is not as secure as it should be? Contact the team at HTL to see how we can take you to the cloud with ease.